'There are lots of people worse off'

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Farm values tipped to fall

ANZ economist Con Williams.

Fed Farmers disagrees with prediction that farm values may fall towards the end of 2015.

Guarding the pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Guardians continue to watch environment even though Taranaki's dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady.

Dairy a TPP sticking point

Dairy is a big hurdle of TPP discussions, with New Zealand seen as a threat to other dairy-producing countries.

NZ just wants a level playing field in global trade, dairy industry representatives say.

Impaled dog gives birth

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

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opinion

Managing the euro risk

Greeks have narrowly averted being thrown out of the Eurozone and the euro will remain the currency in most of Europe - for now at least.

OPINION: As a business owner with a few clients and some suppliers in Europe, I am feeling nervous about the Eurozone crisis and the uncertainty that it's stirring.

Collaboration behind success

Farmers have worked hard at improving their environmental impact, and plenty of others have chipped in to help. But there's still a way to go.

Better business in downcycles

Government should reconsider decision to allow raw milk sales

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

Key's telephone diplomacy for TPP

John Key is personally lobbying world leaders to give ground on dairy tariffs in the final days of trade talks.

Ag First Agricultural consultant Phil Journeaux says the regions will feel the impact of a predicted fall in payout when Fonterra reviews its forecast on August 7.

Waikato region facing $1 billion loss under a $4 payout

AgFirst's annual financial survey has a grim outlook for the Waikato.

advice

Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

You can only control employment

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

Sheep

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Shearing gangs under pressure

Shearer used to drive from Ashburton to Blenheim and see nothing but corriedales; now it’s cows or grapes.

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

Dog impaled on branch gives birth

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

cropping

Long term approach yields results

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

Young fruit grower of the year named

A Waimea fruit grower has taken out the title of Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2015.

Hemp seed food sales remain on the horizon following discussions between New Zealand and Australian food safety ministers in January.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

agribusiness

Farm values tipped to fall

ANZ economist Con Williams.

Federated Farmers disagrees with economist's prediction that farm values may fall towards the end of 2015.

Stu Chapman to step down from Elders

Elders New Zealand managing director Stu Chapman will leave the wool and livestock business next month.

Ag First Agricultural consultant Phil Journeaux says the regions will feel the impact of a predicted fall in payout when Fonterra reviews its forecast on August 7.

Waikato region facing $1 billion loss under a $4 payout

AgFirst's annual financial survey has a grim outlook for the Waikato.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Video

'Technology is the biggest story'

Time editor Nancy Gibbs believes technology is the biggest story in this "golden age of journalism".

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